The New Look Works

August 30, 2014

Thursday, our head pro took us on a tour of Fallen Oak and what a difference from three months ago. The extremely severe lips of the bunkers, which overly punished the average duffer, have given way to a more sublime contour allowing for an attempt to play towards the green and not just a sideways pitch out.

If one opts to play from the two new tees that have been added on numbers 5 and 10, it will  change relatively straight holes into slight doglegs.

The no wash-out promise from the Better Billy Bunkers system seems to hold up. A couple heavy downpours had no effect.


Jeong Jang, Hee-Won Han Retiring From LPGA – They both made the cut.

Hee Wan Han _jeong Jang fairwell dinner

The Last Supper Featuring Hee-Won and J. J. 

I hear Louie picked-up the tab. ;-)


The fortunate 100 and ties move on to Stage 2. Scores here.


How About A 1st Stage Reality Check

August 28, 2014

See some of those q-school scores? I know the lure of big bucks playing the LPGA Tour along with following their dream but come on. How about spending the entry money on some lessons.

One of the best cart caddies around is driving looping for Szu Han Chen. Don’t make any sharp turns Mark.


Condolences to Lance Bennet and family on the sudden passing of Lance’s wife Angela. Lance caddies for Matt Kuchar and did a stint on the LPGA in past years. Story here.

Great to get back to work but I’ll be sore in the morning. We cleaned out the cart barn, washed carts, watered batteries and aired-up the tires. Didn’t get to them all though. About fifteen remaining.

Then there was this:

USA, World Teams Announced for 2014 ISPS Handa Cup

‘It’s Harder Than It Looks’ – You can’t assess Sean Foley’s tenure coaching Tiger Woods without recognizing a simple truth:

Liz Caron grabs invite to KPMG Women’s PGA Championship


Stage 1, Round 2

August 27, 2014

Heard former LPGA rules official Robert O. Smith is in the house helping with the officiating duties. Robert O. is one of the best at what he does. They’re lucky to have him.


Then there was this:

How investors are betting on golf’s decline

Ko considers surgery on painful left wrist


They’re Off!

August 26, 2014

First round of the LPGA Q-School (stage 1) is under way in Rancho Mirage. The top 100 and ties move on to stage 2. Here are the scores.


Then there was this:

The desert’s long love affair with the LPGA


Seeing Is Believing

August 24, 2014

Choi disagrees with penalty, WDs instead

After viewing the video, there is no question Chella broke the rules, but why? It was a tap-in and no advantage was gained by misplacing the ball. If she just zoned out, so be it, but Chella then refused to accept the penalty. Again, why? Is it so disgraceful to admit a mistake or is it a delusional act?


South Korea  takes the top three places in Canada along with the Little League World Series Championship.

Then there was this:

Portland Classic will be without many of the LPGA’s top stars, including Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko   – Wasn’t this event saved from the ashes?

600 lost golf balls get a mulligan with 6-foot statue


The Shame Of It All

August 23, 2014

Heard Chella Choi was nailed by a TV viewer yesterday. Someone called in claiming she put her ball back wrong. Got a two shot penalty.

That let all the minus ones in. 17 extra players made the cut. After an hour visit with the rules officials, Chella  WD’d.


What’s up with the scoring? Is it an easy set-up, a pitch and put track or both?


I’m looking through all those slides I converted and found this duo. It’s from the Jamaica Classic circa 1989.

We all stayed in a compound which was complete with hotel, a beach, restaurants and a night club. Instead of cash, we used beads which were worn as a necklace. Who out there remembers the name of that that place?

A bowl of goat chili and a couple Red Stripes was a common repast after the sun went down.

It’s a good bet Jim still has that outfit.

Motorcycle Jim and Greg Sheridon

Motorcycle Jim and Greg Sheridan


Tweets:

Beth Ann Nichols@GolfweekNichols 15h

286 players have signed up for Stage I of LPGA Q-School. Will be interesting to see how many stages USC’s Annie Park chooses to play.


Then there was this:

This is Why You Don’t Hit Golf Balls That Are on Fire


Ko KO’d?

August 20, 2014

Lydia Ko advised to have surgery on left wrist – But it doesn’t seem to be urgent.


Then there was this:

As the L.P.G.A. Leaves Town, a Community Contemplates a Void

LPGA Lotte sponsorship extended

LPGA’s absence could be temporary

Matt Kuchar Back From Failed Slip ‘N Slide Search

Wegmans LPGA donates $1 million

‘Crazy ideas’ at heart of LPGA commissioner’s steady rise in sports industry

Packing Up After the LPGA, Now a Part of Rochester History

LPGA major staying at Mission Hills


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